Big Schools’ Birdwatch 2013 is fast approaching, and I can’t wait for it to arrive. For those of us who have the pleasure of working on the Birdwatch, it makes those dark winter months of January and February much brighter and exciting!
We have made a few additions to our online resources for this year, which will help you plan and promote your Birdwatch. The website will be going live soon, so watch this space! I am also planning a series of blogs which will contain supporting information for you in your classroom – such as facts about our top 10 birds, and step by step ‘how to’ practical activities to give you more ideas as you prepare for your Birdwatch. If you have any activities that you would like to share and that work well, then please let me know - you can send me a tweet @RSPB_Learning.
For now though, the most important thing you will need to remember is that the Big Schools’ Birdwatch takes place over these two weeks:
21 January – 1 February 2013
Write it in your diaries now!
Hi Estelle, thanks for your comment, it's lovely to hear you are looking forward to the Birdwatch!
It's a really great activity which, like you say, can engage such a wide and varied audience. It would be great to hear how you get on - you can always tweet us @RSPB_Learning too!
I've been counting down the days to register!
I've just registered @ashbbridgeschool
The last few years I was doing Birdwatch at Myerscough College, with adults + children with challenging behaviour and/learning difficulties. We adapted the resources to suit our needs and found it rewarding and educational The carers all said they had enjoyed it too.
The resources are brilliantly designed and the whole survey is a fantastic way to engage people.
I'm really excited about trying this with Primary school children this time.
It's in the diary! Can't wait to help our youth group members get their classes excited for the 2013 Schools' Birdwatch - their enthusiasm is always infectious.
I hope that the excellent graph-making facilities ("Charts") will be a feature of the 2013 event, too! I heard great feedback about those tools specifically from teachers and students doing the 2012 Schools' Birdwatch. The effective and clear design of the tools meant they could bring some cross-disciplanary learning to life in the classroom - bridging mathematics and environmental science in a fun and personal way for the class.
Seeing that happen again, and seeing our youth groups spread the word about the birdwatch, is why I'm looking forward to the Big Schools' Birdwatch 2013!